Cape May – Lewes Ferry Hosts Maritime Day Celebration at the Lewes Terminal
Event Sponsored by EMD Power Products; Features Remembrance Ceremony & Vessel Tours
(Lewes, DE) Experience and celebrate maritime history and its impact on the region at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s fourth annual Maritime Day celebration at the Lewes Ferry Terminal on Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lewes, Delaware – known as the First Town in the First State – enjoys a heritage that is rich in both its maritime history and its current maritime interests. The celebration – complete with events, displays, vessel tours and activities – is free and the public is welcome.
“We planned a great day of activities and tours to celebrate the U.S. Merchant Marine and to promote our community’s rich maritime history, one in which the Cape May – Lewes Ferry plays a prominent part,” said Nikky Fisher, Lewes Terminal Manager for the Ferry. “This celebration is also an opportunity for the public to learn about the United States Merchant Marine and its service in foreign and domestic trades, its historic support of the Nation’s military, and the many careers it offers. These mariners have done so much for our country and the event is a great opportunity to celebrate their service.”
The event (with many activities indoors) will be held rain or shine. The 2015 Maritime Day Festival schedule of activities are:
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Information Booths & Nautical Displays
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Vessel Tours
11:00 a.m. Maritime History Talk - Lewes Historical Society and Fort Miles
12 noon Lewes Fire Boat Water Cannon Display
1:00 p.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony at Unknown Sailors' Cemetery
A remembrance ceremony to honor sailors who perished on the Lewes beaches will take place at 1:00 p.m. As part of this ceremony, representatives of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and the Delaware Bay and River Pilots Association will lay a wreath at the Unknown Sailors’ Cemetery at the Lewes Terminal.
For New Jersey visitors, a special day trip rate has been created to encourage participation. Call 1-800-64FERRY and use the code MARITIME to book a departure from Cape May as a foot passenger and spend a great day at the Lewes Terminal learning about Maritime history. After parking your vehicle free in the Cape May Terminal lot, board the 9:30 a.m. departure for Lewes, Delaware. “You’ll have plenty of time to tour maritime vessels, survey the exhibits, and lunch outside on the boardwalk and enjoy water front views and great food at On the Rocks,” said Rhona Bronson, Director of Marketing for the Ferry. “Then, catch the 2:45 or 4:15 boat back from Lewes and you’ll be home in time for dinner!”
Various maritime participants will have booths inside the terminal, glass skywalk, and (weather-dependent) on the boardwalk behind the terminal. A CMLF vessel will be open for public tours of the engine room and bridge. Other vessels will be available for viewing at the adjacent finger pier.
A key participant and sponsor of the event, EMD Power Products, will be on hand to discuss their newer series of diesel engines, a set of which are scheduled to be installed on one of the ferries in the fall and will reduce emissions by some 36% and reduce maintenance expenses at the ferry by approximately $140,000 annually.
Other exhibitors include the Lewes Historical Society, Lightship Overfalls Foundation, US Coast Guard Academy, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Merchant Marine Academy, US Naval Academy, Fort Miles, Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, University of Delaware, Zwaanendael Museum, Lewes Fire Department, The Lighthouse Foundation, Bower Maritime Museum, Delaware Bay and River Cooperative, and the Pilots Association for the Bay and River Delaware.
“On the Rocks,” the Cape May – Lewes Ferry’s waterfront eatery, will be open to serve food and beverages.
In 1933, the United States Congress declared May 22 as National Maritime Day. The designation honors the contributions of the American merchant marine – civilians who have defended the freedom of the United States since 1775 and who executed the largest sealift the world has ever known during World War II. Observance of National Maritime Day also honors the maritime industry and the benefits it brings Americans in terms of transportation, jobs, goods, and recreational opportunities.
About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than 43 million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2014, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers. For schedule, rates and other program information, please visit the ferry’s website at www.CMLF.com, or call toll free, 800-643-3779. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CMLFerry.
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DRBC's DelRiver at Maritime Day 2014